Problem Plant: Norway Maple

Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)     

The Norway Maple, a species native to Europe and Western Asia, was introduced to the United States as an ornamental shade tree. Extensively planted in urban areas and still widely sold in nurseries, it has become invasive along the east coast as far south as Tennessee and North Carolina and also in the Pacific Northwest.

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Tags: Norway Maple, Virginia, Black Gum, Nyssa sylvatica, Red Maple, Acer rubrum, Sugar Maple, Acer saccarum, Sweet Gum, Liquidambar styaciflua, Mid-Atlantic trees, Problems Norway Maple & Sweet Gum, Invades forest edges from large numbers of wind-dispersed seeds, Outcompetes native sugar maples and beeches, Less wildflower diversity under dense canopy, Increased risk of erosion due to lack of shrub and herbaceous layers, Tolerance of poor soils and air pollution make it a dominant tree in urban areas, Shallow roots make it prone to blowing down and root girdling and cause damage to pavement, Fast-growing with weak wood, causing branches to break off in storms